But plan remains intact to purchase 742 acres outside of Snowmass Village

ASPEN SNOWMASS REAL ESTATE — Pitkin County and the Droste family have missed the first in a series of closing dates, but no substantive issues have emerged to threaten their massive conservation deal, county open space Director Dale Will said Tuesday.The county has a contract to purchase 742 acres from Bruce and Peter Droste and their family trusts for $18 million. The county was scheduled to pay $500,000 in mid-September to lock in the option to acquire the entire property, as well as acquire 108 acres known as the airport parcel.Pitkin County Commissioner Jack Hatfield told the Snowmass Village Town Council Monday night the first closing date passed without consummating the deal. He said clearing the title to the property proved to be too big of a challenge before the first closing date.Hatfield assured the council that the county remains a willing buyer and the Drostes remain willing sellers, and that no philosophical issues have emerged that threaten to derail the purchase.
By Scott Condon, Oct 20,2010 Aspen Times

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